The elusive Gippsland Lion, was it a cryptoid never captured or a fictional creation to explain sheep mutilations?
There are no pictures of the Gippsland Lion, there are pictures of creatures believed to be, up until capture that weren’t lions. Some weren’t even of feline origin. Like the poor huge ranga wombat that was killed and caught in its place.
Description of a Gippsland Lion
The Gippsland Lion is very strong it tears through sheep like they’re sheets. Described as a very large fawn coloured cat. Legend says that it was able to drag a dog down by biting its shoulder.
Some calculated it to be nine feet long, three feet high, with a wobbly head and a long bushy tail. Leaving four-inch paw print, with 4 toes in front one at the side similar to a dog. In Traralgon, one morning a man found tracks he believed was the Gippsland Lion, they called it a Gunyah (hut) cat. Alerting his neighbours they thought they’d found one. Following some paw prints they believed were made by the Gippsland Lion, who’d appeared been sniffing their letter boxes. They caught up with the creator of the paw prints and came face to face with the mailman who’d lost his shoes.
During the 1920’s the sheep were being killed, and this was affecting the local economy so the shop owners and farmers paid for a lion slayer who hailed from Hurtsbridge to come to the Latrobe Valley to hunt and kill the Gippsland Lion.
The fact is the sheep were being killed, the creature doing this was never found. Maybe it was a Yowie?
More Gippsland Lion Sightings
People have seen the Gippsland Lion but never at opportune times convenient to kill it, like the family who nearly ran it over in their buggy on Morwell River Road. The creature jumped out into the path of their buggy and out of the way just as quickly.
Have you seen it? Reports waned after the second world war. .. and were replaced with the Black Panther.
This story is on our Yallourn North Park Hop – a tour for kids – along with other stories like this